The PAN PAC Hawkes Bay Business Awards are delivered annually by the Hawkes Bay Chamber of Commerce. 

The awards recognise and celebrate business excellence, playing an important role in promoting and strengthening economic development in the region. 

Entering these prestigious awards provides you and your team with a rare opportunity to take a step back from day to day operations and review your business from a fresh perspective. 

Past winners have found the entry process not only highly rewarding and motivating but also of immense strategic value in positioning their business for long-term, sustainable growth. 

Entrants benefit from significant local media coverage, with category and supreme winners able to leverage their success in on-going advertising and communications activity well past the immediate event period. In addition to the benefits for businesses, the awards play an important part in lifting the overall profile of Hawkes Bay, raising awareness of our business sectors for the economic benefit of all Hawkes Bay residents.


Entries open from early August each year and culminate with a dinner in mid-November.

From small to large, retail to manufacturing, our Hawkes Bay businesses play a vital part in the community and the region's economy.  The PAN PAC Hawke's Bay Business Awards is designed to celebrate excellence among those businesses.

There is no charge to enter and if businesses need help getting organised, the Chamber offers workshops and has business advisors who offer entry application support, also, this year we have gone online, [find out more here].  


The award judging culminates in a fantastic Formal Dinner on Friday, 20th November 2020 where the winners are announced.

If you are interested in attending this wonderful event, please email lisa@hawkesbaychamber.co.nz


  • Excellence in Innovation Award 
  • Excellence in Sustainability Award
  • Community Contribution Award
  • People's Choice Award
  • Leader / Employer of the Year Award

The PAN PAC Hawke's Bay Business of the Year winner is chosen from the winners of the above categories.


If you know of any businesses doing amazing things, please feel free to let us know here. 


For Business Awards Facilitators please email lisa@hawkesbaychamber.co.nz





Excellence in Innovation Award
What we’re looking for… Use and implementation of innovation and knowledge to enhance business excellence and organisational performance.  An environment that encourages and rewards innovative employees. An innovative product or service is a new idea, systems, procedure or technology that have improved efficiency and/or resulted in the introduction of improved services or products.


People’s Choice Award
In association with NZME and The Hits. 

What we’re looking for… Do you know of an outstanding local business?

Anyone can nominate their business for the People’s Choice category, whether its your favourite café, a tradesperson who went the extra mile or your favourite retailer.  People’s choice is about recognising a local business who goes the extra mile, cares about their customer and continues to offer amazing service.


Community Contribution Award
What we’re looking for… Recognition of, communication with, and support of community stakeholders.
How your organisation supports the industry/organisation sector(s) in which you operate
Evidence of the organisation’s support for staff involvement in social, community or environmental initiatives


Excellence in Sustainability Award
What we’re looking for… A sustainable business is an organisation that actively participates in environmentally friendly practices and ensures that their culture, systems and procedures actively address the current environmental issues, while still maintaining a profitable business that will sustain longevity within the local or global market.


Employer / Leader of the Year
What we’re looking for… This award looks at the processes used by the leadership in your business to set the business direction, performance expectations, values and behaviours with respect to the public, ethical, regulatory and legal responsibilities.  It also reviews the way Leaders achieve the desired organisational results as a consequence of those activities.  Leadership has the influence on all aspects of the business success.


For all other enquiries please contact our Events Manager - Lisa Uncles on 022 323 9611 or email lisa@hawkesbaychamber.co.nz